Friday, September 19, 2014

Ales Hemsky to Ottawa for Picks

March 5 - Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Ales Hemsky to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft and a third-round pick in the the 2015 draft.

Ales Hemsky was originally drafted in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Oilers and has spent all his eleven seasons with them. He scored his first career goal against the Montreal Canadiens on January 4, 2003. 

Hemsky had nine goals and seventeen assists in 55 games this season.

Hemsky played a pivotal role during the Oilers run to the Stanley Cup Finals, where he racked up six goals and eleven assists in seventeen games. The Oilers ultimately lost 3-1 in game seven.

Edmonton liked his production so much that they resigned him to a six-year, $24.60 million deal in the summer of 2006.

He suffered a concussion in the 2010-11 season. He also missed some games during the 2011-12 season.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sabres Claim Conacher off Waivers from Senators

March 4 - The Buffalo Sabres has claimed Cory Conacher off from waivers from the Ottawa Senators. Conacher had a disappointing season with the Senators, compiling four goals and sixteen assists for twenty points in 60 games.

“To be able to play there in the NHL, it’s a dream come true," Conacher said. "At the same time, it's tough leaving Ottawa. They’re a great organization. They've done so much for me. They have a lot of good people that have helped me out and just the guys on the team are special guys. I was really close with a lot of them. They're a team that’s going to be really good in the future, you can tell."

"I’m getting a second chance, I guess," Conacher said. "I don't know how to explain it here in Ottawa. There’s times where I felt I fit here and there were other times where maybe I didn't fit here so well. I was able to meet a lot of good players and good teammates and good friends. The organization treated myself and my fiancĂ©e so well so that's going to be tough, but at the same time, I know Buffalo is the same thing. They have some good players on their team, some young players. I think [general manager] Tim Murray is changing that team around right now. It's going to be exciting."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Senators Sign Chris Phillips To A Two-Year, $5M Deal

March 5 - Ottawa Senators has signed longtime defenseman Chris Phillips to a two-year, $5 million contract extension. The deal includes a no-trade clause. 

Phillips was originally drafted 1st overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut in the 1997-98 season.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lightning-Rangers Trade

March 5 - The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Ryan Callahan, a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Martin St. Louis. The Lightning's conditional second-round pick becomes a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final this season. If Callahan re-signs with the Lightning the two teams will swap selections in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, with the Rangers acquiring the Lightning's second-round pick with Tampa Bay will get New York's seventh-round pick.

Ryan Callahan was originally drafted 127th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He made his NHL debut on December 1. On March 17, he scored his first two NHL goals against Joey MacDonald and the Bruins. On March 21, he scored his first career assist and first career game-winning goal on April 1.

On July 13, 2009, he was able to reach a multi-year deal with the franchise avoiding his scheduled arbitration hearing on July 23. 

On October 2, 2009, he was named an alternate captain. 

The New York Rangers again re-signed him on July 27, 2011 on a three-year $12.825 million deal.

On September 12, 2011, Callahan was named the 26th captain taking over the reigns from Chris Dury when he retired.

Callahan has skated in 45 games with the Rangers this season, posting eleven goals and fourteen assists for 25 points. He has appeared in 450 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, posting 132 goals and  122 assists for 250 points.

Callahan has represented Team USA in international competition at the 2014 and 2010 Winter Olympics and at the 2005 World  Junior Championships. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he won the silver medal. 

As an unrestricted free agent and on July 31, 2000, Martin St. Louis signed a two year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

On July 31, 2003 Martin St. Louis was signed by the Lightning as a free agent.

On October 6, 2000, he made his debut.

On April 20, 2003, he secured the team's first playoff series victory in game 6 against the Washington Capitals when he scored the game-winning goal in triple overtime. 

St. Louis was apart of the franchises first Stanley Cup Championship team in 2004. He registered 38 goals and 56 assists for 94 points in 82 games. In the playoffs, he registered 9 goals and 15 assists for 24 points. 

He surpassed the 100 point plateau during the 2006-07 season when he registered 102 points.  

He was named an alternate captain during the 2007-08 season. 

On October 1, 2013, he was named the ninth captain succeeding Vincent Lecavalier who severed from 2008 to 2014.

On November 19, 2013, he played in his 1,000th career NHL game, against the Los Angeles Kings.  

He missed 25 games this season with a broken thumb. In 2010 he broke a hand and in 2011 fractured an ankle. He had shoulder surgery in May that sidelined him until October.

St. Louis has skated in 62 games this season, posting 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points. He has appeared in

A two-time Olympian, St. Louis was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Winter Games appearing in five games.

With his time with Tampa he won the Art Ross Trophy twice, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy three times and the Lester B. Pearson Award and Hart Memorial Trophy once. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kings-Jackets Make Trade

March 5 - The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Matt Frattin, a second round draft pick in the 2014 or 2015 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third round draft pick.

Marian Gaborik joined the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline on April 3, 2013, along with Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle in exchange for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a sixth round draft pick. In his short tenure with the franchise, he posted nine goals and thirteen assists for 22 points in 34 games.

Matt Frattin posted two goals and four assists for six points in 40 games with the Los Angeles Kings this season. He was acquired along with Ben Scrivens and a conditional second-round draft pick in exchange for Jonathan Bernier.